Federal board rejects appeal of permit for Puerto Rico power project

The U.S. Environmental Appeals Board, for lack of jurisdiction, on Dec. 16 rejected an appeal of an air permit issued for a waste-fired power project, called the Arecibo Puerto Rico Renewable Energy Project, of Energy Answers LLC.

On Nov. 14, Leonardo Ramos-Hernandez sought review of a permit the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board issued to Energy Answers on Oct. 22. “The Environmental Appeals Board lacks jurisdiction under [federal code] to adjudicate challenges to state-issued permits of this kind,” said the brief board ruling. “The Petition for Review is hereby DISMISSED.”

The U.S. Rural Utilities Service said in a notice in the Nov. 28 Federal Register that it will do an environmental review of this 77-MW project, since it is looking at providing funding help for it. The proposed facility would process approximately 2,100 tons of municipal waste per day and generate a net capacity of 77 MW. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will purchase the power generated from the facility. The preferred location of the facility is the former site of the Global Fibers Paper Mill. The proposal would include: a municipal solid waste receiving and processing building; processed refuse fuel storage building; boiler and steam turbine; emission control system; ash processing and storage building; and other associated infrastructure and buildings.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.